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Side Project 4 - Dos Cocoas by Terrapin Beer Company
American Porter
6.00 % ABV

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Review by everetends on 06/09/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2010
Old Review
22 oz bomber I picked up at Green's off Ponce in Atlanta, GA. Served up in a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a really nice dark brown color which I think that it is the darkest brown you can possibly get without it being black. As you pour, the stream appears to let some light through and adds some reddish hues to the pour. As it rests in the glass, it doesn't let any light through but still remains noticably brown. A pretty tame pour gave up about a finger of tan head that receeded down to a fluffy ring. The ring does its best to produce some lacing, but a touch of foam slowly slides down the glass back into the glass. Still a good looking brew.

S: Smells really damned good. Just so much damned chocolate coming out. First thing that comes to mind is that this smells a bit like a packet of hot chocolate mix. Then I smell what is not unlike that smell you get when you open up a chocolate milk. Then still, more chocolate comes out in the form fresh dark chocolate. There is a touch of roasty malt presence, but hands down, this nose is all about the chocolate.

T: Once again, can we say chocolate? A really nice chocolate milkshake flavor comes out with a sweet milky flavor. Lots of milk chocolate along with that hot chocolate mix flavor and dark chocolate. Nicely roasted malt adds a nice compliment to the slight bitterness you get off of the dark chocolate flavors. There is also a nuttiness coming out that reminds me a bit of hazelnut. Tasty.

M: This beer is medium in body and is light on the palate. The makes you feel like you are going to get a thick and chewy beer, but this beer is a touch on the thin side but works. Carbonation is light, no real fizziness on the palate. ABV is light and really doesn't show up in the feel or flavor. Aftertaste is mostly just some chocolately goodness.

D: This brew goes down pretty easily. Lots of sweet flavors but they don't give you that sugar shock sensation. All around solid brew that is quite good. I had been looking forward to this one for a while and I was not disappointed at all. Tis a shame this is just a one off, I would love to see this make the seasonal line or maybe a new year around. Very good indeed.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-13-2009 05:24:52

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 06/20/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
62 3 9 11 2 6 2009
A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a three-finger, nicely browned, fully tan colored head that leaves some spotty lacing on the sides fo the glass. The beer has a dark black color that has a touch of concentrated brown to it. The aroma smells of thin cocoa / dark chocolate and finishes with some slightly acidic roast espresso notes. There is also some dark, sweet malt notes here, a nicely toasted dark whole grain bread.

The beer is a little thinner than I was expecting in the flavor, but it is in line with the nose. The beer finishes with a toasted malt note as well as a bit of a watery thinness and actually just sort of disappears with no real lingering presence. Some roasted, charcoal’esque flavors and burnt toast flavors are also in the finish. This is quite dry; with all of the burnt acidity and slight acrid notes one doesn’t notice any malt sweetness. This has some bitter cocoa notes to it but it mostly has a sharpness from the roast acrid grain.

This is not overly harsh for a Porter, but it is thin enough that what is here leaves this beer unbalanced. Not bad, it just seems weak all around though and for that reason just isn’t all that enjoyable.

Served In: Tulip

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